Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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  • Sparks

    Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, 'Kimono My House', accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.

    Barbican Centre, Dec 19-20

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  • We Make London Christmas Market

    Camden Market’s no longer the sole preserve of teenage goths and French exchange students. In the run up to Christmas, designer-maker gang We Make London take over 15 stalls in Camden Lock’s Middle Yard – look out for William Morris-esque interiors from Leah Rose, handmade kidswear by Milly’O and painterly scarves by CSM graduate Alana Florence

    Camden Market, until Dec 24

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  • Van Morrison

    The legendary Celtic soul mystic's more recent output has flitted between blues, big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk, and at these three intimate shows he should stage a full-on raid through his deep, deep discography, including cuts from his seminal 'Astral Weeks' and 'Moondance' albums. Don't count on 'Brown Eyed Girl', though.

    Nell's Jazz & Blues, Dec 19-21

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  • Ed Banger Xmas Party

    French label Ed Banger get all festive, unleashing the usual delightful flurry of electro, house, disco and breaks, in what the crew are calling a Christmas hoedown. DJs include label boss Busy P, funky producer Boston Bun and Gaspard from acclaimed electro-rockers Justice. Will there be an actual hoedown on the dancefloor? Will there be anything remotely Christmassy taking place? Who knows, but it's guaranteed to be a massively fun and funky night regardless.

    XOYO, Dec 19

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  • Real Food Christmas Market

    Set in the courtyard directly behind the Royal Festival Hall, the Real Food Market serves up its regular selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies for this five-day Christmas version. Pick up gifts such as charcuterie, cheese, traditional sweets and craft beer to wrap up for your hungriest family members, and tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies while you shop. The market is part of the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival

    Southbank Centre, Dec 19-23

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Sparks

Having treated London to all 21 albums over 21 nights a few years back, the beautiful Mael brothers continue to twist the live experience. Their LA glam rock project returns, this time with the tantilising promise of a full performance of classic leftfield album from 1974, 'Kimono My House', accompanied by the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra, plus other tracks from their incredible catalogue of quirky, hyper-literate pop.

Barbican Centre, Dec 19-20

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